An author of Speculative Fiction, speculates about fiction.

Goths and Steampunks: Kindred spirits

There is, of course, a distinction between Goths and Steampunks. For example, Goths like black. Steampunks like shiny rayguns. For anyone wondering what the difference is, I will put this to you: These two subcultures share more common ground than uncommon.

Let’s start by qwelling some myths. Goths are not scary. In fact, most of the Goths I have met have been so bubbly and nice that I’ve had a hard time keeping up with their enthusiasm. They’re also incredibly creative, often making their own clothes, shoes, films, and writing their own books. So what’s the difference with Steampunks? Nothing that I  can see. Steampunks also enjoy all of those things.

In fact, from what I’ve seen, many Goths quite enjoy Steampunk events, and vice versa.

Perhaps the only difference that I can see is in both sub-cultures’ origins, way back in the mists of time. Both are literary in nature with Goths coming from Gothic classics such as Dracula, Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein and Edgar Allen Poe; while Steampunks come from H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and their peers. But both literary movements were created within years of each other, and both have leaked together at various stages and in various incarnations.

So that’s not really a difference at all.

I’m not giving a very balanced argument here, am I? But I’m trying. Honestly.

When it comes right down to it, both sub-cultures embrace each other for the most part. Both are about inclusion rather than elitism. Both encourage a sense of cultural and creative sharing.

There are other ideas and theories about this, of course. In fact there are as many as you can count without your brain splurging out of your ears. But this is the way I see it. A great discussion thread for this can be found HERE if you fancy reading more.

But it sounds to me like a lot of people have got some opinions to get over! But I’d love to hear people’s theories on this. Do you think we’re kissing cousins or poles apart? Let me know 😀

Thanks for reading!

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2 responses

  1. Great article, and extra points for the use of the words kindred spirits. 🙂

    June 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    • Thanks Laura. Very much appreciated 🙂

      June 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

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